UTICA – The Centennial Broncos, who came into the Class C-5 Districts as the No. 1 seed, and No. 2 seed Friend will be fighting it out at noon today to see who will be able to extend their season.
The No. 5 Milford Eagles were giant killers on Thursday in the first round as they defeated No. 4 seed Cross County/High Plains 11-3, then took down No. 1 5-1 and No. 2 5-2 to advance to the finals at 2 p.m. today.
Centennial (19-11) kept their season alive with a 10-6 win over No. 6 seed Central City, then went on to defeat Aquinas 90-5 to earn their spot in the 12 noon game against Friend.
The CC/HP Cougars fell a run short and ended their year at (14-14) with a 5-4 loss to DC Aquinas.
Milford, who improved to (14-14) on the year was solid in their 5-1 win over the Broncos as they jumped on Centennial starter Elizabeth Cast for two runs in the second and that included a bomb off the bat of Alison Walla into a very stiff north wind.
The Eagles starter Briana Roth was able to hold the Broncos to just four hits, with two of those coming in the seventh frame. Roth struck-out seven in the win, while Cast K'd eight and allowed eight hits in the loss.
Milford led 5-1 as the only run scored in the bottom of the third as Halle Holloway singled in Molly Rafert who had reached on a fielders choice.
The Broncos best chance to get right back in the game came in the sixth when they loaded the bases with two outs, but could not punch a run across.
The Broncos' bats came alive in the win over the Central City Bison as they pounded out 17 hits and Cast held the Bison to six runs, five earned and she struck-out seven.
Centennial trailed 6-2 in the bottom of the second, but scored three runs in each the third and fourth to put the Bisons' season on ice for 2012.
Leading the offense was Cast and Haley Hartshorn with three hits each, while five other players finished with two hits each.
In the win over the Aquinas Monarchs, Centennial had nine hits to eight for David City, and leading the offense was Halloway with four hits in four at bats, and she scored four runs. Cast was 1-4 and that was a two-run home run in the fourth.
The Broncos scored two in the first, four in the second, two in the fourth and one in the sixth, while the Monarchs kept pace early with two in the first and the third. Cast picked up the win and she struck-out seven.
In the Milford-Cross County/High Plains game the Eagles jumped to a 3-0 lead as they scored all their runs with two outs. In the Cougars' second, Kendyl Beck homered to center field to trim the lead to 3-1.
The CC/HP team matched the Eagles with single runs in the third and the fourth, but Milford pushed the lead to 7-3 in the fifth and in the sixth a two run bomb off the bat of Kira Ramirez all but sealed the deal for the Milford girls.
The Cougars offense could not get untracked as they stranded 10 base runners in the loss, including nine in scoring position over the final five innings.
The Cross County/High Plains girls had nine hits in the loss with Beck going 2-3 with a double to go with her HR, while Amber Scherer doubled, Emily Kuhn had two singles, Jenny Wright also added a single, Sadey Waller had two hits and Brooke Kleinschmidt also added a single.
On the hill for the Cougars Shelbi Dittmer tossed all seven innings, and she allowed 14 hits and struck-out four.